22 Feb

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In the busking tradition of playing on the streets, the one man band is a subgenre all its own and there are many different versions of the differing instrumentation. I remember a one man band from my teenage years in Charleston, South Carolina who used to set up in the empty Market stalls at night, he had mostly just a couple foot-pedaled drums and cymbals along with his guitar and harmonica. Jim Hadley was a fairly well-known street performer up the road in Columbia for many years, playing banjo or guitar while tap dancing on a hollow wooden platform that amplified his steps. The best-engineered one man band I’ve ever seen was Eric Royer, who played the alt-country event Spittlefest in Raleigh, North Carolina several years in a row. Royer had an elaborate setup of pulleys and picks that he controlled with his feet to play up to three…

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